Saturday, April 04, 2009

I may be wrong, but...

From the increasing number of news articles floating across the interenet on the subject of legalizing drugs, especially marijuana, I've developed a theory.

It appears to me that the current administration is likely to legalize marijuana and ramp down the current "war on drugs." Why? Well, again, I'm no seer, but it might look like this to them: 1) It would mean they could tax the stuff the way they tax tobacco; 2) a heavy tax on the substance would mean that the huge budget spending they plan would have another source of funding rather than the beleaguered taxpayer; 3) drugs are still, sadly, popular with youth and older folks with little or no maturity, so there's a market; 4) the drug cartels, which some decry and others might have investments in, would become a non-problem, a source of revenue, and accepted businessmen; 5) money being spent on the "war on drugs" could be redirected to other places; 6) violence in Mexico would be reduced because the cartels could just focus on creating a new business model; 7) US prison population with non-violent, drug-related sentences could be released, reducing costs, and 8) the populace mentioned in #3 above would be doped up and easy to manipulate.

Again, this is only a theory, based on the increasing number of articles I've seen in the mainstream media lately. But I am sure some people might find it attractive for all of the reasons mentioned above.

My opinion on it? The Bible condemns intoxication/drunkenness, and links it to the loss of all good things for a nation. See Joel 1 for a good description. And don't discount #8 above.


Frank said...

Drugs are a small issue relative to others at hand, and this could be something for Americans to rebel against, making Obama even more intolerable. Ideally this would undermine Obama AND fail to pass.

Or... it could be something for the Republicans to use to win elections. Drop pro-life, pick up anti-drug?


I say it's a relatively small issue because drug use and drunkenness is already so widespread, and immigration is such a huge issue. The drug issue is still important though.

Laurel Loflund said...

Drug use is widespread, for sure. But the government has not figured out how to make money off it, legally. Make it legal, tax legal. Income streams (i.e., idiot drug users) already in place.

It may seem small, but how much money do the new higher taxes make from tobacco? I was listening to a call-in radio talk show yesterday that was discussing the new tobacco taxes, and one caller said he we low-income, so rolled his own tobacco, but the tax on one pound of tobacco had gone from around $2 a lb. to $23 a pound. He said he was going to grow his own, then the talk show host brought up the idea that the new farm safety laws, if enacted, would bring the FDA to his little patch of tobacco with all sorts of penalties.

I could see a similar scenario develop with marijuana.

Oh, and immigration? Both sides will ignore it as much as possible. Too much money already involved.

My dad always said, "follow the money."

Laurel Loflund said...

This Is the Truth on Drugs ... Any Questions?
by David Sirota

The latest article in the discussion.

Faust said...

You make some very good points. Many of arguments for legalizing drugs are false too. I have heard a number of people make a good case the claim that most of the US prison population in there because of non-violent drug-related crimes is false. Also the abuse of due process is due bad law and police practices not the “Drug War,” the real reason for much of this abuse is tax enforcement not drug enforcement. George Soros spends a lot money promoting the legalizing of drugs, along with abortion, euthanasia, gun control, and immigration as part of his “open society” program.

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Anonymous said...

Well, look...I love you guys to death... but...

I'm sold on holistic healing methods. I haven't been sick in the past 7 years (since doing my first cleanse.)

I've come to really respect God's gift of roots, herbs, and minerals in the healing process, as well as in a more agrarian "down to Earth" lifestyle.

If weed is "terrible" then we should (likewise) make all sodas, liquor, beer, and 90 percent of common medical "drugs" illegal.

I'm all for responsible use of substances...but then again, our government hasn't been "responsible" in quite some time.

I hope Marijuana is legalized, but then...I'm in the military and the Navy (in all likelyhood) would still rain on my parade.

Guess I'll stick to St. John's Wort, and Kava root for now.

Laurel Loflund said...

Howdy, Shotgun. Nice to hear from you.

I respect God's gifts from the earth very much. St. John's Wort is a decent antidepressant and Kava, while not without side effects, is a decent anti-anxiety herb.

Regarding the marijuana deal, I am old enough to remember what students were like in the pre-weed days (when I was a student myself), and experienced in dealing with the students who use the substance these days. Give me a weed-free student any day. I don't appreciate it when 14 year olds drink alcohol at school either. Clear-headed students are a sight better at most tasks than stoners, let me tell you.

I can just hear the refrain if weed is ever legalized. "But, Miss Laurel, it's LEGAL," this said by a red-eyed, spaced out wonder-child.

And given the state of adult culture these days, one would not be able to depend on parents to impose discipline on said wonder-child.

Not trying to shut you down, but from my side of the aisle, none of this stuff looks good. (the government doesn't look so great either, but that's another story.)

God bless,

Faust said...


On a related note...

Heavy pot smokers shrinking their brains

...Australian researchers have found that long-term heavy use of marijuana may cause parts of the brain to shrink...

Brain scans showed that on average their hippocampus volume was 12% less and amygdala volume was 7% less than in the 16 men who were not marijuana users.

The hippocampus regulates memory and emotion, while the amygdala plays a critical role in fear and aggression...

Faust said...

Obama legalizing cannabis...

Laurel Loflund said...

Saw that little item mentioned in the news; surprises me not at all. What surprises me is that it's not the whole shebang.